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Krejcir’s application for leave to appeal conviction, sentence dismissed

Radovan Krejcir and five accomplices were found guilty of kidnapping, attempted murder and drug dealing.

FILE: Radovan Krejcir (right) and an accomplice appears in court. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir's application for leave to appeal his conviction and sentence has been dismissed.

Krejcir was sentenced to 35 years in prison for kidnapping, attempted murder and drug dealing and he had applied for leave to appeal both the conviction and sentence.

Krejcir and five of his accomplices were convicted in a case that relates to a R24 million drug deal that went wrong, which resulted in Hawks officials and Krejcir being arrested in November 2013.

The brother of a man who was supposed to transport the drugs, Bheki Lukhele, was kidnapped and tortured.

Krejcir and five others have spent two days in the High Court in Johannesburg trying to convince Judge Colin Lamont to grant them leave to appeal.

His lawyer Cliff Alexander says today's ruling doesn't come as a surprise.

"We expected that it might be dismissed and one has to plan for these things. We'll take the necessary instructions from Mr Krecjir to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein."

Shortly before Judge Lamont handed down his verdict, Krecjir's co-accused helped him to drink water as his legs and arms were bound in chains.

The state says it is satisfied with the ruling.